Member Spotlight - Joe Makston

For those of you who haven't met Joe yet you should...

Joe is the very first founding member of Chuckwalla CrossFit. And in fact he was the one who helped support the idea of starting it in the first place. Well...I always had the idea and I was wanting to start a gym eventually, but he really helped spark the fire in making it happen much sooner. I had tried opening up a CrossFit box a year earlier and it didn't work out, so I was kind of just waiting for the stars to align before actually starting a gym again. With no real money or an empty building just waiting around for me, I decided to go ahead with Joe's prompting. He said, "Why don't you just start in your garage? I would go." That was all I needed: one member and a garage. Besides all great businesses start in a garage right? So without the story getting too long about how Chuckwalla started, I want to share a post from Joe on how he got started. Here is what he had to say....

"So most people are lovers or haters of crossfit. There is zero middle ground. I actually tried it about three years ago and quit pretty quickly because there was so much to learn and I was overwhelmed.

This past May, my buddy John Hazdovac opened a crossfit gym in his garage and offered membership to a group of friends. I was so nervous the first day as I reflected back on my previous experience. Could I even do this? Will I be the weakest one? Is this the right type of workout for someone with MS? What the heck is a handstand push and why would anyone want to even do them? Basically, I've answered yes and no to most of the questions a few times. I know what a handstand push up is now, can't do it yet.

Over the past seven months, I've stuck with it. I'm certainly stronger physically and look more fit. More importantly, Chuckwalla CrossFit has been a community of people challenging, encouraging, and celebrating one another since the first days in the garage. There's plenty of competition also. I know I don't have to be the biggest guy in the gym, that probably will never happen anyway. What I do have are friends that will push me to do one more rep, say keep going as we pass on a 400 meter run, and ask how my week was. This is more than a gym, it's a community.

Thanks to the great coaches like John, Dave, and Chris. Ashley for watching kids. And all the members that make this fun, hard, and worth it every time.

Now do 30 burpees, 20 air squats, and 10 headstand push ups - 10 minutes AMRAP:"

- Joe Makston

From December 6th, 2015

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